Lead CNA Programs: Learn How to Hire and Support the Best In-House Candidates

Lead certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs can create positive change in nursing homes. While program goals often vary from facility to facility, lead CNA programs may improve resident quality of life and quality of care, increase CNA communication and teamwork, give CNAs a path for professional growth and reduce CNA …

Q&A: Is there specific guidance regarding staff working in multiple facilities?

Question: Is there specific guidance regarding staff working in multiple facilities? Answer from Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP: Currently, there are no federal guidelines specific to staff who work in multiple facilities. However, facility leaders should check with their state and local entities as well to see if …

CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (8/21)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. August 2021 update Updated FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/hps/weekly-covid-vac/faqs.html Updates to Reporting Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data – August 2021 Slideset pdf icon[PDF – …

HHS $103 Million Investment, Including Grants, to Reduce Healthcare Worker Burnout / Improve Mental Health (7/21)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2021 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of an estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health …

The Art of Interviewing Potential Candidates for Employment with Sherry Thomas

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy discusses the art of interviewing potential employees with Sherry Thomas, BS, RN, QCP, IPCO, director of clinical services at LeaderStat.

Hiring for Character and Talent: 4 Tips for Interviewing

Nursing school does not prepare nurse leaders to interview job applicants, so figuring out the process to find the right candidate is often a challenge. Leaders want to find the best fit for the position—someone who is reliable, has the right talent and skills, and possesses the qualities necessary for …

Interview Template Tool

Nurse leaders want to hire candidates with the right characteristics and talents necessary to be successful in their jobs. AAPACN’s new Interview Template Tool allows the nurse leader to customize the desired characteristics and talents, based on the specific needs of the role, and provides behavioral-based questions to ask the …

OSHA Revises National Emphasis Program, Updates Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 (7/21)

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for COVID-19. The agency launched the NEP on March 12, 2021, to focus on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus, and on employers that …

How to Take a Vacation When You’re the NAC

With staffing shortages and specific, regulation-mandated job duties, nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) today may feel that taking time for vacation just isn’t possible. The NAC must ensure the facility has MDS assessments in place, makes appropriate skilled Medicare decisions, identifies significant changes or the need for Interim Payment Assessments, correctly …